I'm Sarah, and I'm 34 years old. I've been fat my whole life. In Oct 2008 I started my journey to lose 100+ pounds with one single step - joining Weight Watchers. Here I am over 115 pounds lost, and I've finished running 2 5ks in the past year. I've gone from being a complete couch potato to exercise 6 days a week. If you'd like to know a little more about me read on:
Question #1: What's up with your blog I thought it was about weight loss
Answer #1: Well... it is, normally. But a lot has happened to me since January 2011. I got pregnant, which I was ectastic about since it wasn't easy with my first child. It was part of the whole reason I lost weight to start with. Then... everything was going well until my standard 20 week ultrasound - I was just over 19 weeks at the time - we found out our baby has omplications and was diagnosed with having a large cystic hygroma on its neck. The baby is a girl, and we were told to expect she will not make it through the pregnancy - all odds were stacked against her. So... my focus changed a little in the past several months.
But, on September 16th, 2011, at 37 weeks, our precious miracle arrived into the world via C-section, and 4 days later she came home with us.
If you want to catch up on our baby girl read these posts:
Where I announce I'm pregnant
Our 19 week ultrasound reveals complications
We have our first follow-up at 22 weeks
24 week appointment
26 week appointment
The hygroma shrinks but reveals what its hiding
Lily Grace is here!
Missing One X, Found One Miracle
Question #2: How'd you do it? Lose your weight that is...
Answer #2: I don't have any voodoo magic to share with you. Sorry! Here's my secret... huddle in now... wait for it... I strictly watch what I eat EVERY single day, write it all down, and I exercise most days a week, usually instead of doing something like going out for lunch or happy hour. Not very fun, huh? I follow the Weight Watchers Points program. I have the monthly pass option, which gives you access to meetings and the online tools (eTools) each month. I religiously attend my meetings every Thursday, and I love love love my leader. She has been instrumental in this journey for me. She is the one who ran my first 5k with me. Sometimes I lovingly refer to her as CWWL (Crazy Weight Watchers Leader). After 2 years of this I am finally a Lifetime Member!
Question #3: Was I always fat, or did it happen once I had a child?
Answer #3: Always fat. I was the fat kid, the fat teenager, the fat bride, and finally the fat pregnant lady. I loved myself, I had good friends/family, and I felt people accepted me, but it all came crashing down around me on August 9, 2007.
Question #4: Do you have a family? I hear you talk a lot about your son. How's he figure into the equation?
Answer #4: Yes, I have a husband and 1 child. A boy. I'll refer to him as "L". He was born 5 weeks early, weighed 3 lbs 4 oz, and spent 27 days in the NICU at the hospital. He was born early because I developed HELLP syndrome - a very serious and rare from of preeclampsia that can lead to liver failure and even maternal death. L and I, we're lucky. We both came out of it relatively unscathed. Sure, he's a little small, but it hasn't effected his ability to flourish one bit. After L was born I continued my "old lifestyle" for over a year before I was finally told flat out by my doctor that my weight was likely a "contributing factor" to my pregnancy issues - oh yeah there were multiple issues, I had PCOS, which gave me infertility issues in the first place, I've had a miscarriage, and I also developed gestational diabetes. That doesn't even count the constant morning sickness all pregnancy. I was advised to lose weight prior to any more pregnancies. WOW! I almost killed myself and this sweet little boy, because I like bon-bons too much? That was a selfish thing to do. And so, the very next week I walked into Weight Watchers and vowed to change myself. I had to... I had that sweet little boy to think about now.
As I stated above I'm also currently in the middle of my pregnancy with child #2.
Question #5: Are you a writer? I didn't know you could write?
Answer #5: Nope... Neither did I! I'm actually a consultant for a company that specializes in call center technology. So basically I'm a nerd.
Question #6: What's your exercise routine like?
Answer #6: Until the beginning of August 2010 it was going to Curves Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and running Tuesdays, Thursdays, and either Saturday or Sunday. One of the weekend days was my "day off." I recently left Curves and joined the gym at my community center, and I'm still getting into the swing of things, but right now it looks like it will be strength training on Mondays and Wednesdays. Cardio on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays or Sundays, and 1 day a week doing a group fitness class.
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